Posted by: will | July 18, 2007

Band Interview – Bridge And Tunnel…

Bridge And Tunnel hail from Huntington Station, NY. While the band has only released their four song demo courtesty of No Idea Records, they have made quite an impression. Check out my review here of the demo 7-inch. The members play or have played in bands such as Latterman, Fellow Project, Con Amore, Slingshot Dakota, The Solidarity Pact, and Regarding I. For fans of pop-punk with a little post-hardcore action, Bridge And Tunnel is a must hear. Thanks to Jeff from B&T for answering some of my questions.

So, tell me how Bridge and Tunnel originally came together?

We were all friends before we started the band. Some of us had played together in bands before and for some of us it was the first time playing with one another. Pat and I had discussed doing a band together again and just kind of naturally asked Tia and Rachel to do it with us. I was really excited that everybody was into the idea. They are all really good at what they do and it makes things very easy for me.

Bridge and Tunnel seem to bring a more diverse sound to the table than your past bands. Was that a conscious decision for the band or something that just came naturally?

When I try and look at it from an outside perspective, the way we sound kind of makes sense to me, given the types of projects we have all been working on and our separate influences. We never really discussed much about what we wanted to sound like. We never tried to separate ourselves from the sounds of past bands or anything like that. It kind of just all came together this way.

There was always a sense of DIY/punk community/spirit in the members former bands. How important is it for that to continue on with Bridge and Tunnel?

I feel like DIY has become a very loaded term and people have very rigid definitions of what that means. There are certain parts of DIY that are fundamental parts of the way we operate, but I’m not sure that we would identify ourselves as a DIY band in the sense that many would use the term. The sense of community is something that is important to us as individuals, so subsequently it is important to our band I guess. Feeling like you belong to something is an invaluable feeling. When going to shows in people’s basements and being invited into people’s homes becomes commonplace in your life, it gets more difficult to recognize how truly incredible it is. People tend to take that shit for granted as it becomes their everyday frame of reference, but in the grand scheme of things, it is not common at all. It is something really unique that at least personally, I have not really encountered in doing anything else.

I know from being a Latterman fan that gentrification was a problem that they spoke about in a lot of their songs. And right off the bat with Bridge and Tunnel, “Location, Location, Location” keeps the theme going. I assume that it is a major issue in your neighborhoods.

It’s an issue in neighborhoods across the country. Gentrification is often rather difficult to discuss when you realize your own contribution to the problem and that’s one of the reasons we wrote the song. It is certainly not a problem that will be solved by a bunch of punk kids singing about it in a basement, but at least it is being discussed. I was struggling with different feelings on the topic and kind of feeling a little helpless. When you know that you are the kind renter that landlords want, it puts you in a weird position. When you know that you are at least in-part responsible for the potential displacement of other people, who you call your neighbors, it’s tough to come to terms with. I have yet to find a way to come to terms with it.

I imagine that a lot of us can identify with the lyrics to “Circles To Shreds.” Talk about the context of those lyrics and the genesis of that song.

That’s nice of you to say. I hope that people can identify with them. It seems that often times we all desire changes in our life that we aren’t really moving towards. We think about what it will take to make our lives better and consider the ways to make it happen, but instead of taking action, we just continue living our lives in the cycles that we have in the past. Sometimes you can only repeat the same mistakes so many times. We have the ability to inspire ourselves or to be inspired by the things going on around us, but even still, it can be difficult to pull yourself out of situations and use that inspiration positively.

The band’s sound seems to fit right in on No Idea. How did you hook up with the label?

We had recorded a demo before we had even played a show. In the fall of 2006 I think. We had actually only been a band for a short time. We sent one to Var from No Idea and he asked if we wanted to release the demo on 7-inch. We are really excited to work with No Idea. Dealing with No Idea is not like dealing with some shitty record label dudes who are asking you about “target markets” or some other equally stupid thing. They put out great bands and they run their label in a way that makes people feel comfortable. Considering the current climate that exists in independent music, it is really refreshing to see that.

What’s on the horizon (releases, touring) for the band in the near future?

We are leaving for a tour with our friends from the band Yo Man Go in a few days and we will also be doing our first full-length pretty soon.

Any last words?

Thanks a lot for the interview. We hope to see everyone soon.

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